Juan Lagares – CF
Lucas Duda – 1B
Daniel Murphy – 2B
Wilmer Flores – SS
Eric Campbell – 3B
Darrell Ceciliani – LF
Kevin Plawecki – C
Matt Harvey – RHP
Every time Matt Harvey goes to the mound for the Mets, he does so with Dwight Gooden and Tom Seaver-sized expectations. However, he has a long way to go to match the buzz Doc Gooden brought to the Mets, and New York City, during the 1980s.
With an electric, sizzling fastball and biting breaking ball, posting a “K’’ after each Gooden strikeout became a ritual at Shea Stadium. It was a must-see event at Shea Stadium whenever Gooden started, and a Mets’ victory became expected and he usually delivered.
We knew Gooden was different when he struck out 276 hitters in just 218 innings while posting a 17-9 record with a 2.60 ERA in his 1984 rookie season. However, the following year different morphed into special when he posted the unreal numbers of 24-4 with a 1.53 ERA and 16 complete games spanning 276.2 innings. He struck out 268 that year and walked only 69.
In 1986, he was 17-6, but made the National League All-Star team for the third straight season (he made it four times), but helped deliver a World Series title to the Mets.
Those were exciting times in New York, and you can relive them with Gooden next Thursday, May 28, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Resorts World Casino. General admission is $40 for the event, which includes a Q & A session. A VIP ticket for $100 will entitle you to a meet-and-greet with Gooden where you can obtain autographs.
Regardless of your ticket purchase, you will have a chance to win Mets memorabilia.
New York Mets Report will be feature Gooden next week in an exclusive interview.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he’s not pursuing immediate trade options to improve the offense, and instead will wait to see what spark David Wright and Travis d’Arnaud might provide when they come off the disabled list.
Alderson said neither player would be activated soon.
“I don’t think you can expect [Wright] back sooner than a week, maybe 10 days, maybe even two weeks,’’ Alderson said. “I’d say the same with d’Arnaud. I think a week is way too aggressive. It’s going to be a little bit longer than that.’’
I’ve said this a dozen times, but when it comes to injuries and the Mets, always bet the over.
Of course, not much would have helped tonight.
It didn’t happen in tonight’s 10-2 loss to St. Louis.
Niese gave up single runs in each of the first four innings, and overall gave up eight runs on 11 hits in five innings.
It was just a horrible performance. If there was one stat that spoke volumes about how bad Niese was, it was that of the 25 batters he faced he got a first-pitch strike only 12 times. After the game Collins said Niese would remain in the rotation.
The loss, coupled with Washington’s victory over the Yankees, put the Mets in a first-place tie with the Nationals.
There have been numerous times this season that you’ll see Daniel Murphy do something, either in the field or on the bases, and wonder what is going on in his mind.
Murphy’s brain cramp du jour came in the sixth when instead of covering first base on Michael Wacha’s bunt, he went for the ball that was by the mound.
That loaded the bases and was part of the Cardinals’ six-run inning that broke the game open.